Woodchuck Hard Cider

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Woodchuck Hard Cider is a brand of hard cider produced by the Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC in Middlebury, Vermont.[1] In 2011 it was the top-selling hard cider in the United States,[2] with approximately 47% of the hard cider market there.[3] On October 23, 2012, Woodchuck Hard Cider was purchased by Irish beverage company C&C Group for $305 million.[4] Woodchuck was originally started at The Joseph Cerniglia Winery, Cavendish, VT, in 1991 by Joe Cerniglia and Barry Blake, along with wine maker Greg Failing.

Varieties[edit]

Autumn themed variant.

All Woodchuck ciders are naturally gluten-free because the product is made from apples only, without any grains.[5] The company sells several types of cider under the Woodchuck name, including core flavors, limited releases, and private reserve styles.

Core styles[edit]

  • Amber – American Commercial Hard Cider
  • Granny Smith – Hard cider with Granny Smith flavoring added
  • Pear – Hard cider with pear flavoring added
  • Raspberry – Hard cider with raspberry flavoring added
  • Hopsation – Hard cider made with cascade hops[6]
  • Gumption – combines juice of common eating apples with dry cider apples

Limited releases[edit]

Woodchuck has seasonal cider varieties which are released according to time of year:

  • Summer – more tart than Amber cider, with blueberry juice added[7]
  • Fall – flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and white oak
  • Winter – a combination of "Premium French" and "Traditional American Oak"[8]
  • Spring - contains notes of maple syrup and brown sugar.[9] In August 2014, Woodchuck's Twitter feed said that this flavor had been discontinued but might return in the future.[10]

Private reserves[edit]

  • In the fall of 2010, the company started to produce a limited run of pumpkin hard cider each year, which they claim as the world's first pumpkin cider.[5]
  • Barrel Select private reserve is hard cider that combines the taste of cider with the taste of Kentucky bourbon.[11]
  • Woodchuck Belgian White was introduced in 2012 as a cider that uses Belgian beer yeast.[12]

Woodchuck Holidays[edit]

Woodchuck has promoted "Woodchuck Wednesdays," encouraging consumers to enjoy a Woodchuck on the day. Woodchuck has also dubbed 2 February "Woodchuck Day" in honor of Groundhog Day (since woodchuck is another name for a groundhog).[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nason, Adam (5 August 2011). "Green Mountain Beverage unveils new company name". beernews.org. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Becker, Maki (27 August 2011). "Mayer Bros. hard cider soured by lawsuit". Buffalo News. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Schultz, E.J. (28 November 2011). "Cider Seen as Next 'Craft' Brew as Sales Climb 25% This Year". Advertising Age. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Scott, Mark (23 October 2012). "Owner of Woodchuck Cider Approves Sale to Irish Rival". Dealbook. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Woodchuck Hard Cider Unveils First EVER Pumpkin Cider" (Press release). PRLog. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Woodchuck Crisp gets its own 6-pack" (Press release). beerpulse.com. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Woodchuck Limited Edition Summer Cider" (Press release). worldclassbeer.com. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Limited Releases". woodchuck.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Woodchuck Spring Cider
  10. ^ Woodchuck Cider on Twitter: "@Kenc05 Yes, we are making way for many new ciders to come. It doesn't mean that they won't return in the future."
  11. ^ "Private Reserves". woodchuck.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Woodchuck Cider Announces Belgian White, a Private Reserve Cider" (Press release). brewhound.com. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Woodchuck Holidays". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 

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